Photo courtesy of Monroe Alvarez. Model: Clara Settje.
11 Steps for a Sun-Kissed Glow
(No Sun Required)
The secret to ultimate summer radiance involves not just a last-minute swipe of bronzer but a multipronged approach: good food, great exercise, a glow-inducing supplement, powerfully restorative skin care, and of course some fun stuff (highlighter, self-tanner, and more).
The result? Gorgeously luminescent skin without the sun exposure. Toward that end, we’ve included SPF 35 in this routine—which works no matter what your skin type—so make sure to wear it every day.
THE LIT-FROM-WITHIN GLOW STARTS…WITHIN
Work from the Inside Out
Drink your way to glowing skin with a healthy dose of skin-supporting ingredients: vitamins C and E, grape-seed proanthocyanidins, and CoQ10, along with the critical carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. A power shot of antioxidants and nutrients designed to reduce the free radical effects of the sun, pollution, stress, and more, it helps protect against oxidative photodamage, which can lead to signs of premature aging like dullness, uneven tone, fine lines, and loss of firmness.*
Skin Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription
This dual-action microdermabrasion exfoliator delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscription
Start with Serum on Bare Skin
Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid
This daily glow serum combines two skin-care powerhouses, L-ascorbic acid (proven in research to be the purest, best-for-skin form of the antioxidant vitamin C) and moisturizing hyaluronic acid (a hydrator that’s naturally present in the body).
Vitamin C +
Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
This serum uses bakuchiol for retinol-like results, along with powerful peptides to increase skin’s elasticity while reducing the look of lines and wrinkles. Three different kinds of peptides work with a complex of amino acids to firm further, moisturize, and protect against environmental stressors—all without increased sun sensitivity or skin irritation, so you can use it night and day for optimal results.
Radiance Serum goop, $79
Layer on Moisture
For glowing, healthy-looking skin that’s at its prettiest makeup-free, this featherweight hydrator leaves a subtle, dewy, natural radiance. Instantly, it brightens, smooths, moisturizes, and helps combat dullness, so skin looks and feels silky-soft, fresh, and radiant. Made with active levels of a spirulina enzyme and a special protein to help protect against light aggressors, plus antioxidant vitamin C and kakadu plum for glow, it sinks right in to moisturize with sugar-derived squalane and Brazilian curupay extract.
Made with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s favorite botanical for skin, purslane—which helps fend off free radical damage—along with radiance-boosting meadow knotweed extract and nourishing hyaluronic acid, this ultimate hydrating treatment helps leave skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.
This ultraluxurious active face oil leaves skin firmer, smoother, softer, more radiant, and moisturized—the (clinically proven) results blew us away.
Super Nutrient Face Oil goop, $98/$89 with subscription
Do a Weekly Skin Treatment
An intense exfoliating overnight glycolic acid glow peel that refines, retexturizes, and brightens skin while you sleep.
Overnight Glow Peel goop, $125/$112 with subscription
This whipped, hydrating gel-mousse mask made of flowers transforms skin overnight, leaving it silky, plumped, renewed, and glowy.
You think of clay as drying, but this soothing concoction of rose water and pink clay is ultramoisturizing. It feels incredible going on, and your skin is left dewy, firm, and totally hydrated.
(Even on Cloudy Days)
Venus Williams created this velvety-smooth SPF 35 zinc oxide serum to protect and hydrate skin. The silky semimatte formula sinks in in seconds for a dewy, translucent finish, so it’s brilliant for everyday wear over moisturizer or under makeup. It helps block UVA and UVB rays, and it’s infused with skin-care ingredients, like prickly-pear and safflower oils, to moisturize and soothe skin.
SUPERCHARGE THE GLOW
Do the Best Self-Tan on the Planet
This clear tanning water is an absolute dream to apply. It foams into a thick, hydrating mousse that sinks right into skin when applied with the Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt—and the clear color means there’s absolutely no residue or transfer to clothing or sheets. The quick-dry formula is infused with organic botanicals to moisturize skin while it works.
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This iridescent highlighter stick gives skin a dewy gleam. Made with moisturizing baobab-seed oil, its eye-catching shimmer is beautiful smoothed over cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, eyelids, and Cupid’s bow for a glowy, radiant look.
Brush on Toasty Bronzer
This creamy lightweight bronzer gives your skin a beautiful sun-kissed glow. Swirl a brush into the balm and buff over cheekbones, forehead, jawline, the bridge of your nose, and anywhere else you want warm bronzy color. The Saie Big Brush is ideal for working with a creamy product like this; you can easily build the bronze to deepen it, and the brush leaves your skin with a gorgeous velvety finish.
Flush Cheeks with Color
Sheer, nourishing, all-natural pigments create the most beautiful just-bitten flush. The creamy texture melts easily into skin, leaving it fresh-looking and hydrated with skin-care ingredients, like jojoba and calendula. There’s a tint to flatter just about every skin tone, and they’re brilliantly simple to put on: Dab (or brush) at the apples of your cheeks, then blend at a slightly upward angle for a chiseling effect.
Cream Blush goop, $42
Smooth on Gleamy Body Oil
This beautifully scented, luxurious oil leaves your skin with a bronzy sun-kissed glow. Coconut and avocado oils deeply moisturize, while raspberry oil soothes and energizes. Watermelon, coffee, and cacao oils play up any skin tone for a subtle tan. Shake well and smooth over legs, shoulders—anywhere you want a little luminosity and tint.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.